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Jul 1, 2006 02:03 AM

Congrats on the new Hot Posts feature!

Can't compare it with the former iteration, which I never used. But as an alternative to the active topics list on the home page, it's certifiably great. Thanks!

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  1. And there's a Mark All As Read function! You guys rock!

    edit: Point of information. Is the MAAR function forum specific? In other words, if I'm displaying the hot posts in, say, the Home Cooking forum and click the Mark All As Read button, does it mark only all Home Cooking topics as read or does it mark all topics in all forums as read?

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    1. re: carswell

      Yes, we track hot posts on a per-board basis. Marking all read on Hot Posts only applies to the board you have selected.

      1. re: Engineering

        Make that one more happy hound. If I ask nicely, would you also offer an option to sort the hotposts by board?

        1. re: limster

          You can use the dropdown box to select a board that you want to track.

          Is that what you were asking for?

          1. re: Engineering

            Nope, I'd like to see all new posts, but sorted in order of the board they're on, not just new posts for a given board.

          2. re: limster

            Click on that drop down menu and type in the first letter or two and you're quickly there.

            1. re: krissywats

              Pardon my denseness, but I don't understand limster's question nor your answer. Help!

              1. re: krissywats


                It seems that when you first click on HotPosts it displays every topic that had a new post today on every board, most likely in sequential order, by posting number (or some such), Limster is interested in seeing only all the new stuff for say, the Boston board. Krissy is asnwering that Limster can get HotPost to filter that through the drop down board selection list that displays at the top of the topics listing.

                When you first click on HotPosts if you look at the topics displayed, they are attributed to various boards, but if you click on one of the drop down board names, HotPosts will re-display, and display only topics for the specific board.

                1. re: krissywats

                  That's the *best* *thing* *ever*. I love you Chowhound Engineering Team!

                  Kathy/Kuisine (formerly KathySK)

          3. I want to thank the Chowhound Engineers for the new and IMPROVED Hot Posts. Not just for implementing the software, but for listening to users. I swear that every change you've made since the launch of the new software has been an improvement.

            I've been on the board for well more than an hour and I didn't even notice Hot Posts up there. Might it make some sense to announce this feature more prominently, either by billboarding it on each board or by a more prominent announcement on the home page? I think you are going to find you've made a lot of Chowhounds happy.

            1. Chino,

              For some reason, there is no reply on the bottom of your post. Thanks for your reply. I've now decided I figured out what Limster meant; I think he meant that he wants all the boards displayed at one point, but grouped by board, as the old Hot Posts was. With this new Hot Post, you either get all at once, unsorted by topic, or you have to click on individual boards.

              Krissy confused me because she mentioned "typing" the first two letters in the drop down menu, but I don't see where you could type -- do you mean scrolling?

              More likely, I'm wrong on both counts.

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              1. re: Dave Feldman

                As far as I can tell, you're right about limster.

                As for krissywat's tip, just click the down arrow to drop down the boards menu and start typing away. You're automatically taken to the first menu item that starts with the letters you've typed. Cool.

                1. re: carswell

                  Aha, krissywat rules. I've never encountered this kind of functionality in a dropdown menu, but then it wouldn't occur to me to "start typing away." Thanks.

                2. re: Dave Feldman


                  It seems that the board software has a limitation of only 5 levels of sub-posts for any given thread branch, that is why you do not see the Reply button. The work-around I have been using is to go to the first higher level posting in the thread that is open for replys, add a reply there, but if necessary, indicate who or what it is in reply to.

                  1. Besides having the ability to use Hot Posts for specific boards (a huge plus, in my opinion), the biggest different between the old HP and the new one is that in this version, you aren't clicking on one post. I guess, you could use Hot Posts in three ways:

                    click on a link and you get a whole thread (the way the new HP works)

                    click on link and get one post (how old HP worked)

                    click on link and see all the new replies on the same thread (how I'd prefer it to be).

                    Regardless, the current HP's method is my least favorite of the three. What do others think?

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                    1. re: Dave Feldman

                      I loved the old Hot Posts, but given the new software doesn't create a posting "tree", I imagine it would be hard for the new Hot Posts to give us a list of the new posts within each thread (plus, it wouldn't really be useful to have Hot Posts take us to a single post, unless both a link to the prior message and the subsequent posting tree branches were also shown -- in other words, just the way the old one worked). I am, however, in favor of the "tree" approach for this site generally, since it avoids the need to scroll through all of the responses to a particular message by making it much easier to locate new messages to the thread.

                      As for Hot Posts, although there a limited number of boards that I read daily, I still enjoy seeing a list of all of the new posts (or at least a list of threads with new posts) grouped by board, for all the boards at once (i.e. the way the old Hot Posts worked).

                      Finally, I'd prefer to have the option/requirement that Hot Posts list new messages (or threads with new messages) based on a date that you determine. Sometimes, I might read one or two threads on a particular board and then come back to the site later the same day to view other threads that I did not read earlier in the day. I'm not sure if the current system would still show the unread threads on my Hot Posts list.

                      Keep up the good work, and thanks for being responsive to the users!

                      1. re: abrocadabro

                        One further thing I just noticed: Because Hot Posts doesn't open in a separate window, I have to click "Back" to go back to the Hot Posts list after reading a thread. When I do that, Hot Posts update the list based on any new messages added while I was reading a thread, meaning that in the "Last Reply Posted" view, threads lower down on my Hot Posts list might leap to the top without my knowledge, meaning I'd miss out on a thread that had been updated in the past few minutes (unless I read through the entire Hot Posts list each time I went "Back" to it). This could be fixed by opening a new window each time you follow a thread from the Hot Posts list.

                    2. It's not the old hot posts, but it is definitely an improvement, and one I may never have noticed if I hadn't come over to check out site talk....THANKS, CH!